DIARY OF THE DEAD

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 18, 2010

In a zombie-ridden “Cloverfield”-styled horror film, several teens face the origin of the zombie scare. Though the performances are a tad watered-down, the concept and execution are brilliant. Created by the master of zombie films, George A. Romero, the movie comes out authentic to the zombie genre, spawning later films like the quirky “Zombieland.”

“Diary of The Dead” offers some insight into the actual breakout of the disease, causing the dead to reanimate. Without much conviction, the characters appropriately express that this undead used to be human, and it should not feel right to kill them. But in the end, it is all about survival.

The only portion where the film fails miserably is continuously drawing attention to the fact that the main character wants to document the events following the outbreak. Multiple times throughout the film, the man behind the camera expresses his need to fulfill this documentation. Hearing his desire expressed once would have sufficed, but the writers felt the need to constantly remind the audience why he was still filming despite his friends getting demolished.

The cast was not entirely up to par in comparison to the likes of “Cloverfield.” None of the actors/actresses stick out whatsoever, with no award-winning performances, yet still just this side of cheesy.

Immediately after finishing the film, I felt the desire to play the movie again and experience the adventure again, which is a mark of a well-completed film. Had the cast been slightly more credible and the dialogue not so repetitive, “Diary Of The Dead” could have quickly become one of the best zombie films in the genre. Instead, it only accomplishes being original yet fails to raise the bar for zombie horror flicks.

RELEASE DATE
February 15, 2008

DIRECTOR
George A. Romero

WRITTEN BY
George A. Romero

STUDIO
Third Rail Releasing

R
(for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language)

FANTASY
HORROR
SCI-FI

THRILLER
95 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Adam Swica

COMPOSER
Norman Orenstein

EDITOR
Michael Doherty

CAST
Michelle Morgan
Josh Close
Shawn Roberts
Amy Lalonde
Joe Dinicol
Scott Wentworth
Philip Riccio
Chris Violette
Tatiana Maslany
Megan Park

PRODUCED BY
Peter Grunwald
Art Spigel
Sam Englebardt
Ara Katz

BUDGET
$2 million

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